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Pershing County School District Building (Vocational-Agriculture Building)

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Vocational-Agriculture Building
1941, Russell Mills. 1150 Elmhurst St.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

The National Youth Administration (NYA) built the structure to house vocational education programs run by the Pershing County School District. One of only two New Deal-era buildings associated with the NYA in Nevada, the long, low structure stands near the high school, which was also designed by Mills and built in 1950. Stucco over wood frame gives the building a smooth finish. Lines incised in the upper portions of the walls emphasize the building's horizontality. A low parapet hides the double-arched wood-frame truss roof. The main entrance is set to one side, marked by a slightly projecting bay that breaks above the parapet. The placement of the entry permitted the building to accommodate a large workshop area. The building was used for its original purpose until the early 1990s, when the school district converted it into offices, replacing all the original windows with reflective glass. This alteration has marred what was an exceptionally well-preserved building.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Pershing County School District Building (Vocational-Agriculture Building)", [Lovelock, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 134-134.

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